University bathrooms are all just the same exact thing, right? A generic blueprint that’s been used in hundreds of facilities and serves the same purpose, equally as effective—or ineffective—as anyplace else. Of course, that’s certainly not the case. When designing or renovating the bathrooms at your university’s residence halls or dorms, it’s essential to avoid common mistakes, while appropriately planning for the future. Use this guide to get started.
Mistake #1: Thinking Cheaper is Better:
Even when funding and overall budgets are tight, it’s almost never the smart choice to think that cheaper is better. For one thing, you have to consider not only up front or immediate costs, but also long-term costs. If you have to repair, replace, or constantly maintain a cheap initial product, those costs quickly spiral out of control and outpace what would have been a smarter upfront investment. The right materials for university bathrooms are going to be durable and easy to maintain and will pay for themselves over time.
Mistake #2: Skirting Around Accessibility:
Being accessible has never been more important. This is not only essential to properly provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere to your students and to encourage others to attend the school, but also to keep you in compliance with all accessibility guidelines and best practices, including ADA compliance. There’s often more to accessibility than initially comes to mind too, which is why experienced, knowledgeable assistance is so important.
Mistake #3: Forgetting About Cleanliness & Upkeep
The nightmarish stories our parents often passed down about awful dormitory bathrooms shouldn’t have to be a rite of passage. We can do better than that, and it’s easier than it used to be. In fact, by choosing specific materials, cleanliness and maintenance are instantly improved. For instance, Meridian Solid Surface showers are non-porous and are actually resistant to bacteria, mold, and mildew. That’s a built-in defense mechanism that can make a huge difference.
Mistake #4: Ignoring the Little Details
It’s the little things that can add up to change the look and feel of any environment, and in this case, how students react to the quality of the bathrooms they use. For instance, having the right types of shower storage, privacy features, security measures, and even extra amenities on hand for those who need it.
Your students aren’t just going to your school, they’re living there, and they’re using these facilities each day. Put yourself in their (shower) shoes for a moment and consider what an 18-year-old who’s away from their family’s home for the first time would like to see and have on hand in order to be happier and more comfortable.
The best way to avoid these mistakes and design or upgrade university bathrooms that look great, are accessible and compliant, keep long-term costs down, and are appealing to your students, is to work with the right partner. Call our expert team at 800.807.8889 and we’ll tell you more about how we can help.